Texts to download
Take and read
2021 Year-end letter on the End of all things
Gift sub order form and letter
2021 Summer letter on modern dualisms
2020 Year-end letter on contemporary irrationality
2020 Summer letter on racism, liberalism, and religion
Click here to download a form with which you may order (by mail, only) gift subscriptions as Christmas presents for friends and family members. If you would like to read the cover letter that was mailed with this form, click here. In the cover letter Ken Myers summarizes his conviction that “the critical condition of contemporary societies requires the recovery and reaffirmation of truths that are unabashedly theological.”
“ . . . Understanding the logic of that ‘rupture between religion and life’ is crucial in understanding the story of modern culture. And a pivotal chapter in that story is the late medieval tendency to describe the ‘natural’ and the ‘supernatural’ as two separate ‘orders,’ the second understood as an extrinsic addition to the first (and hence optional). This segregation enabled Western minds to imagine a wall of separation between ‘sacred’ and ‘secular,’ and in time all of earthly life, including human nature, was assumed to be intelligible without reference to anything beyond itself. There may well be a God, but that is an unneeded hypothesis for happily making our way in the world. As this two-tiered conception of life has become more entrenched — thanks as much to faulty theology as to the forces of irreligion — the Gift promised in the Gospel has gradually come to be seen not as a gift at all, but as (in the words of Henri de Lubac) ‘an arbitrary imposition. . . . Indeed, shouldn’t the intrusion of a foreign ‘supernatural’ be rebuffed as a kind of violation?’ No wonder the Gospel is foolishness to our contemporaries. . . .”
— Ken Myers, on the deep dualism that disorders modern culture and threatens Christian faithfulness. Click here to download a pdf copy of the entire letter.
“One of the most striking and disturbing aspects of public life in the past year has been the increasingly irrational character of public speech. Many commentators have been wringing their hands while urging for a recovery of the Enlightenment’s noble respect for reason. But what if the real goal of the various intellectual and political movements we call ‘the Enlightenment’ was to amplify the significance of the human will, not of the human mind? What if the growing, power-hungry irrationality evident in today’s public life is actually the fulfillment of the modern view of reason as simply an instrument that enables us to get what we want? (If you question this description, compare the masses of mental energy devoted to devising new technologies — digital genies awaiting our commands — with the amount of thought dedicated to theological and philosophical reflection.)”
— Ken Myers, on the consequences of separating reason and freedom from the guidance of faith. Click here to download a pdf copy of the entire letter.
“The heretofore uncommon word ‘systemic’ has been heard a lot lately. Charges of systemic racism have been leveled in social and political settings. Attitudes of the living and the dead are judged to be vicious and unforgivable; institutions are guilty and must be demolished or (more moderately) reformed. But parties on all sides — whether they aim to tear down, rebuild, or defend — typically fail to ask if these systemic injustices (real or perceived) are more than moral and bureaucratic failures, if in fact they emerge from a coordinated pattern of imagining, thinking, and acting which inevitably encourages conflict and discord.”
— Ken Myers, on why we cannot adequately address racism without thinking more systemically about liberal notions of freedom and religion. Click here to download a pdf copy of the entire letter.